News release

Date: 17th December 2019

5th Annual Surgical Robot Challenge Opens For International Entries

Compelling contest returns to showcase very latest innovative and technological advancements in surgical robotics from across the world

London, United Kingdom, December 17 2019–The world’s top surgical robotics groups are invited to submit their innovative ideas to this year’s Surgical Robot Challenge, hosted by The Hamlyn Centre, part of the EPSRC UK Robotics & Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network. The Surgical Robot Challenge 2020 is open for entries from now until Monday March 16th 2020.  Full details and how to enter can be found at:

Now in its 5th consecutive year, this popular and compelling contest will see some of the leading surgical robotics groups from across the globe compete for a prize fund of 10,000 GBP. With the support of key sponsors Intuitive Surgical, KUKA and Applied Dexterity, this year’s challenge will showcase innovative new ideas in surgical robotics across a range of surgical robot platforms.

Applicants are asked to submit a 2-minute preview video, and shortlisted entries will be asked to come to London to present a live demonstration of their entry at the challenge Finals as part of the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics on Saturday 20th June 2020. The winning team – judged by a prestigious panel of experts – will be announced during the award ceremony held as part of the International Robotics Showcase on Friday 26th June 2020 – the highlight event of UK Robotics Week 2020. The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics will be held from the 20th – 23rd June 2020 at The Hamlyn Centre in London, with the theme ‘Surgery and beyond’.

The first Surgical Robot Challenge took place in June 2015 and has gone on each year to recognise pioneering developments across a range of surgical robotics applications – with the aim of fostering collaboration, sharing resources and tackling the most complex technical and clinical challenges in robotic surgery.

Professor Robert Richardson, Chair of the EPSRC UK-RAS Network commented: "The Surgical Robot Challenge has become a highly-anticipated event in the global robotics community calendar, and a cornerstone of UK Robotics Week itself.   This inspiring competition offers a unique preview of the most exciting innovations in surgical robotics, and we look forward to welcoming team submissions from across the world.”

The Surgical Robot Challenge is organised annually by the EPSRC UK-RAS Network, which was founded in 2015 to deliver academic leadership in RAS, expand collaboration with industry, and integrate and coordinate activities at eight Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-funded RAS capital facilities, four Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) and 28 partner universities across the UK.

Key Dates:

Deadline for entries: Monday 16th March 2020

Shortlisted applicants notified: Monday 30th March 2020

Deadline for final video submission: Friday 29th May 2020

Live demonstrations Saturday 20th June 2020

Award Ceremony: Friday 26th June 2020

For more information about the Surgical Robot Challenge 2020 and UK Robotics Week, please visit:

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About the ESPRC UK-RAS Network (

The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) is dedicated to robotics innovation across the UK, with a mission to provide academic leadership in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), expand collaboration with industry, and integrate and coordinate activities at eight Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded RAS capital facilities and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the country.

About The Hamlyn Centre (

The Hamlyn Centre was established for developing safe, effective and accessible technologies that can reshape the future of healthcare for both developing and developed countries. Focusing on technological innovation, but with a strong emphasis on clinical translation and direct patient benefits with global impacts, the Centre is at the forefront of research in imaging, sensing and robotics for addressing global health challenges associated with demographic, environmental, social and economic changes.

The Centre is one of the Institute of Global Health Innovation’s research centres (IGHI). One of the six global challenge institutes at Imperial, the Institute works to support the identification, development and widespread diffusion of healthcare innovation. In doing so, IGHI aims to sustainably reduce inequalities in global health for generations to come using an interdisciplinary approach.

For further information please contact:
PRESS CONTACT for EPSRC UK-RAS Network: Nicky Denovan EvokedSet Email: nicky[at]evokedset[dot]com Mobile: +44 (0)118 3282782

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